Robert Pires backs Arsenal’s Invincibles all day over Guardiola’s Manchester City

The question has been asked quite a bit this season: who would win, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City or Arsenal’s Invincibles?

Well, at least one person of note has tried to answer it.

Robert Pires, who chimed in with 14 goals when Arsenal went unbeaten for the entire 2003-04 Premier League season, believes that side would be comfortable against Guardiola’s attacking machine.

When BT Sport put the question to the former France winger, Pires was in no doubt:

“I think we had more talent. More aggression. More warriors. More spirit.

“Why do I say spirit? Because when you play in England, you need English players.

“[Today’s] Arsenal are missing that a little bit, I think. This is just my opinion. I love the squad, I love the players. But in the future it will be very important to buy English players.

“We talk about the Invincibles season. If you see the English players – Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Ray Parlour – they were warriors, and you need warriors on your team.”

City have been beaten only once in the League, but are yet to face Arsenal at the Emirates, Tottenham at Wembley, and Manchester United and Chelsea at the Etihad.

But City have looked irresistible this season, and it’s hard to imagine a team in recent history that would have come close to them.

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The current crop of Arsenal stars may not be on the same level as the Invincibles or Man City, but they will still be hopeful of snatching the Carabao Cup from Guardiola’s side on Sunday afternoon.

Th final kicks off at 4.30pm. Who are you backing?

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